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Butterfly Farming for Conservation and Awareness Creation

By G. Mathew & E. George
Butterflies are highly fragile organisms with diversified habits, and require specific ecological conditions for survival. Natural forests, grasslands, canopies of trees as well as wet areas along the banks of rivers and streams are the typical habitats of butterflies. Habitat loss, commercial collection, and incidence of parasites and predators are the major threats for the survival of butterflies.

A Visit to a Sub-Jail ‘Somewhere’ in Kerala, India

By Mary Ann Chacko
As part of my doctoral dissertation I am studying a cadet program designed by the Kerala Police for school children. My field work, thus, takes me into police stations for interviews with police officers. After one such interview the police woman I had been speaking to offered to take me to visit a sub-jail adjacent to the police station. Just as we were about to go to the jail, we met an advocate, the parent of a student at the school I am conducting my fieldwork.

Book Review: Akhil Gupta’s ‘Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India’

By EPM Swalih
Akhil Gupta’s study is different from other postcolonial scholars working within a western theoretical framework. He shows a unique way to engage with Euro-American theories. And that is why I began to love his work. His interrogation of the theories of governmentality, biopolitics, and sovereign ban results from his grounding in Mandi district of Western Uttar Pradesh, India. He compels us to think with the Euro-American theories only if we are able to critically approach them. I find his attempts in provincializing Europe[1] as one of the most rewarding tasks ever undertaken by the postcolonial scholars.